A cold May evening saw the Sydney launch of Calabria Family Wines latest label “Kings Of Prohibition.” Prohibition refers to the time when alcohol was forbidden and gave rise to ‘bootleg’ liquor served in speakeasies. The launch was held in the historic, evocative Rocks area where one can imagine the wine namesakes lurking in the shadows.
The labels and bottle packaging were thoroughly researched to be eye-catching, especially behind a bar or in low light. The wines have been successfully released internationally before being distributed through Australia. While the label design holds many details, the vintage is not one of them. Far from being an oversight, rather a safeguard to ensure a steady supply of smooth fresh juice.
Kings Of Prohibition, Lucky Luciano, Barossa, Shiraz, 2016
40% new French oak. Big raspberry and a little meaty. Rich olive and coconut cream. Vanilla bean highlights. Smooth, silky palate, rich plum and svelte chocolate with satiny tannins. Not too overt, good florals. Archetype Barossa presented well.
My pick of the two wines. Rose petals, exhausted tobacco, jelly crystals, red currant. Smooth, yet tactile, oak minimal. Medium finish. Good food wine and easy for more than just one glass.